Na Koa rally for win over Lumberjacks

Na Koa Ikaika Maui rallied from a three-run deficit and defeated the East Bay Lumberjacks 9-5 on Sunday at Maehara Stadium in Wai-luku, setting up a chance for a sweep of the six-game series today.

D.J. Dixon drove in five runs for Maui, which improved to 7-1 against East Bay this year.

Dixon hit an RBI single in the sixth, drove in two runs in a three-run seventh and singled in two more runs in the eighth, finishing 3-for-5.

The Lumberjacks scored four runs in the fifth to go in front 4-1.

Na Koa’s Jimmy Rohan walked three times, twice with the bases loaded. Chema San-chez hit a solo homer in the fourth inning.

Byron Minnich (2-0) got two outs for the win. Chris Mobley earned his seventh save of the year. Maui starter Eri Yoshida allowed four runs in five innings.

Faustio Alasada (0-1) was charged with four runs while getting just one out.

East Bay ….. 000 ….. 040 ….. 010-5 ….. 7 …… 3

Maui ………… 000 ….. 101 ….. 340-9 ….. 10 …. 2

Eric Edwards, Barry Takahashi (6), Mike Taylor (7), Joe Wittig (7), Faustio Alasada (8), James Lopressi (8) and Joe Kala; Eri Yoshida, Matt Walker (6), Byron Minnich (8), Chris Mobley (9) and D.J. Dixon. W-Minnich 2-0. L-Alasada 0-1. Sv-Mobley (7). 2B-East Bay: Demetrius Adams (1). HR-Maui: Chema Sanchez (2).